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My guy and I decided we were just going to go to the courthouse to get married. We don’t have the money for a big traditional wedding and all we really care about is being married to one another. We’ve decided that later on down the line if we want to do something big we can do a vowel renewal or something. I called our district judge, we live in Bridgeport Pa, and they said he’s currently not marrying anyone. So I expanded our search (to the areas close by: Norristown Pa, King Of Prussia Pa, Conshohocken Pa) and started calling in neighboring cities and keep getting shot down. The judges that will marry won’t marry us because we don’t live in their jurisdiction. I’m at a loss as to what to do now. When I called the courhouse in my town she said to try and call the mayor, that he has the power to marry as well. I’ve never heard of that. Has anyone else? Anyone have any suggestions?
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@MrssRath: when I first read your post I thought it said “I need help finding someone to marry” lol.
see if one of your friends would be willing to get ordained. Then they can do it! I am not sure if it works differently state to state, but I know a few people who had a sibling or parent marry them and the process of getting ordained didn’t seem that fussy.
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you can get a self uniting license in PA for $10 more and then will just need a witness
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My husband and I were unable to have a big traditional wedding when we originally got married due to his military commitments. We were married on a Monday and he went to South Korea on Friday. So we are doing a 10 year vow renewal on March 15th with a full traditional wedding. Anyway, since we are married and do not have a home church that we attend we do not have to have an ordained minister. After doing some more digging, my uncle who is a lawyer is qualified to do weddings in Indiana. He’s going to perform our ceremony. I just felt weird having a pastor do our ceremony when we are not members at a church; however, we are using a family church. Anyway, the mayor married us originally so you can always try that.
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Exactly! You don’t really need an officiant in PA. Luckily my brother’s a minister so I had this covered but you don’t need one. It’s just a litle more paperwork.
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- Wedding: February 2014 - Golden Gate Bridge
@MrssRath: I don’t know about PA but in CA a person can become licensed to ordain a marriage for a day. So you could pick anyone and they could get certified just for the day to perform the ceremony.
I had a bit of trouble finding someone too because we wanted to get married on a Friday and City Hall only performs off site ceremonys on Saturday and Sunday. I just searched for marriage officiants and ended up finding a guy. A lot of them will cut a deal since it is just a ceremony for the two of you and not a big super involved wedding.
Also I’m pretty sure any religious leader or ship captain can marry you.
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@MrssRath: Hi neighbor (hubs and I live in West Conshohocken)! Mayors do have the power to marry, it’s a privilege that comes with the title.
And because someone mentioned getting a self-uniting license, we got one and all we needed was two witnesses (we did have a nice little ceremony). There is no price difference between a traditional license and a self-uniting.
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Thanks for all the answers! I appreciate them!
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The ship captain thing is true. My sister was married on a paddleboat cruise with the captain officiating.